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Eden's Nellie-Mai wins national bravery award

A nine year-old schoolgirl from the Eden Valley has been named a winner in the WellChild Awards. Nellie-Mai Evans was nominated by her sister Eloise.

Nellie-Mai, who was born with a heart condition requiring a heart transplant and has since battled with cancer, a stroke and ongoing epilepsy, was picked from 100s of nominations from across the UK to win the category of Inspirational Child in these Awards which celebrate the courage of children coping with serious illnesses.

Nellie-Mai will pick up her award at the Hilton in London next month.

"Nellie-Mai has defied the odds time and again and fought every step of the way. She is such a loving, caring child who is determined to live life to the full in spite of the difficulties she continues to face.

"Nellie-Mai is truly special and makes a deep impression on everyone who meets her."

– Teaching Assistant Sarah Lofthouse who supports Nellie Mai at Warcop C of E Primary school


Eden Valley tap water blended for quality

When water engineers in the Eden Valley noticed increasing nitrate levels in the untreated water they were collecting, they had to come up with a solution.

Rather than building an expensive and complicated treatment plant, they decided to test a technique more commonly used in the mineral water industry.

Katie Hunter's been to find out more:

Water blending maintains quality in Eden Valley

This borehole retrieves water from 300 metres underground. Credit: ITV Border

Engineers in the Eden Valley have found an original way to purify water before it reaches people's taps.

When United Utilities noticed increased nitrate levels in some of its raw water, it built two new boreholes both 300 metres deep.

Engineers now blend water from deep underground with water closer to the surface. The company says its helped to improve the quality of its product for people in Cumbria.

A similar technique is used by the mineral water industry.

Celebrating splashes of fun for 50 years

The pool in the 60's Credit: Lazonby & District Swimming Pool

Villagers in Lazonby are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their community pool.

The pool was built by volunteers from Lazonby, Great Salkeld and Kirkoswald in 1964. It was a project led by the Headmaster at the time, Mr Hume.

Since its early days, the community have looked after the pool and worked together to keep it going, so this is a special celebration.

Games like this will be re-created in the celebrations Credit: Lazonby & District Swimming Pool
The pool has been run by volunteers for 50 years Credit: Lazonby & District Swimming Pool